CONFERENCES, WORKSHOPS, AND OTHERS
Disclaimer: Although I try to find contests, conferences, workshops, and other events that are legit and beneficial to writers, I can't guarantee anything. I always try to include a URL or other contact information so you can check them out and make your own decisions.
UNICORN WRITERS' CONFERENCE
Portland, CN, USA
March 9, 2013
Dozens of workshops involving the inside world of book publishing from the perspectives of various departments within a publishing company -- Contract, Copyrights,Permissions, Legal, Subsidiary Rights, Foreign Rights, Audio, Electronic, Copyrights, Permissions, Legal, Subsidiary Rights, Audio and many more.
The conference will bring together industry insiders to offer rare tutorials.
You will make industry connections with established editors and get one-on-one feedback.
Leading filmakers and bloggers will give tutorials on how to take advantage of cutting edge technologies and social media services.
Registration (1 person) $275 includes breakfast, lunch and dinner appetizers
Registration (1 person) $325 includes breakfast, lunch, appetizers and dinner
WILD MOUNTAIN MEMOIR RETREAT
Cascade Mountains, WA, USA
March 15 - 17, 2013
Keynote Speaker: Cheryl Strayed
Wild Mountain Memoir Retreat will offer an opportunity for established and emerging memoirists to acquire new skills, build a writing community, and renew their vision as writers.
The ten different memoir classes taught by five different teachers will focus on the craft of literary memoir writing, the genre’s ethical and logistical challenges, and strategies for overcoming memoir’s most common obstacles.
Classes will include specific instruction, discussion, and a time to use your new skills—yep, writing time.
Teachers: Theo Pauline Nestor, EJ Levy, Suzanne Finnamore, Candace Walsh, and Ariel Gore
Included in retreat cost: Lodging, Venue, Cuisine/dining, travel and transportation to and from Seattle
Price depends on the type of room you request. Some room options are already sold out. Check site.
LEFT COAST CRIME
Colorado Springs, CO, USA
March 21 - 24, 2013
Guests of Honor: Craig Johnson and Laura Lippman
Toastmasters: David Corbett and Parnell Hall
Fan Guests of Honor: Tom and Enid Schantz
Ghost of Honor: Stephen J. Cannell
Interviews with the Fan Guest of Honor and Guests of Honor will be held during the day on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, times TBA.
Come hear the experts in mystery, crime, and thriller fiction.
Attend multi-track panels on subjects from forensics to historical mysteries.
Participate in writing workshops.
Registration fee for the full convention ($255, unless registered early) includes: a Friday night welcome reception, the Meet the New Authors Breakfast on Friday and the Meet the Established Authors Breakfast on Saturday (full buffet), Special Guest Interviews, multi-track programming for FANS and WRITERS, and several surprises.
DAY PASSES are available for Friday and Saturday at the cost of $125. Passes will allow you to attend breakfasts, panels and evening events, with the exception of the Banquet on Saturday Night. The banquet is an extra charge for everyone. Extended Day Passes are available on Thursday for those attending the morning writing workshop.
There are additional fees for the Saturday Night Awards Banquet Tickets and the Thursday Morning Character Writing Workshop.
WRITER'S RETREAT WITH JULIE HEDLUND
April 7-13, 2013
In the Writer’s Renaissance retreat, we will use the city that cradled the creative genius of Dante, Michelangelo and da Vinci as a classroom to experience a rebirth and renewal of our own.
Whether you have been writing professionally for years or are just starting out, this retreat will kindle your creative spirit, add juice to your writing and send you home with new tools to keep the inspiration and energy flowing in your writing long after you return.
This retreat is for women only.
Six nights accommodation at the beautiful Antica Torre Tornabuoni
Two meals per day – Breakfast + Dinner
All Program activities, including any entrance fees
Package fee: $3400
Register before October 31st, and you will receive the early bird discount and pay only $2950
If you bring a friend and register together, both of you will receive an additional buddy discount of $100: $2850
LILY CREEK LODGE WRITERS RETREAT
Dahlonega, GA, USA
April 28 - May 3, 2013
“Creating Compelling Characters”
A Unique Writing Workshop experience by immersion with award winning author and teacher, Susan Hubbard.
Attendees will receive personalized instruction and feedback in a small-group setting
Workshop is limited to 10 participants
All Inclusive Retreat:
Lodging (5 nights)
Three Meals Per Day
This intensive workshop invites you to construct a three-dimensional character who will inhabit your next poem, novel, story, or nonfiction piece. We'll spend a week getting to know our characters, describing their
personalities in great detail, and exploring their potential to inform our writing.
Mornings are devoted to discussions, writing exercises, and workshops. Afternoons allow time to write, complete assignments, explore the area, or schedule one-on-one conferences with the instructor. Evenings are for dining,
socializing, dreaming, or writing on your own.
Bethesda, MD, USA
May 3 - 5, 2013
Guest of Honor: Laurie R. King
Toastmaster: Laura Lippman
International Guest of Honor: Peter Robinson
Amelia Award: Carolyn Hart
Malice focuses on mysteries which contain no explicit sex or excessive gore or violence.
Conference will be at the Hyatt Regency
Authors must complete the Mystery Author information form to receive panel consideration whether registering online or by mail.
Keep checking back to get program information. As of this time, only the 2012 program is available, but it will give you an idea of what will be happening.
Online registration link can be found on the Malice Domestic website, or here is the link:
BEAR RIVER WRITERS' CONFERENCE
Camp Michigania, MI, USA
May 30 - June 3, 2013
We hope to bring people with general literary interests together with those who are interested in writing about place and the natural environment.
Our faculty will offer workshops in fiction, poetry, and memoir as well as in essay-writing. Bear River workshops are distnguished by their emphasis on new work -- You will see this reflected in the workshop descriptions.
(You will work with the same faculty member for the three days of workshops.)
A number of full or partial scholarships will be offered to writers who plan to attend the 2012 Bear River Writers Conference. These merit awards will be made at the discretion of the BRWC Scholarship Board.
Lodging and Registration Fees are not listed yet. Check the website when registration begins on February 4.
ODYSSEY WRITING WORKSHOP
Manchester, NH, USA
June 10 - July 19, 2013
The Odyssey Writing Workshop has become one of the most highly respected workshops for writers of fantasy, science fiction, and horror in the world.
Top authors, editors and agents have served as guests at Odyssey, and 58% of graduates have gone on to be published.
The workshop runs for six weeks, and combines an intensive, advanced curriculum with in-depth feedback on students' manuscripts. College credit is available upon request.
Class meets for 4 hours minimum in the morning, 5 days a week, and students use afternoons, evenings, and weekends to write, critique each other's work, and complete other class assignments.
Lecturers for the 2013 workshop include some of the top teachers in the field: award-winning authors Jack Ketchum, Patricia Bray, Adam-Troy Castro, and Holly Black; and award-winning editor Sheila Williams.
2013 writer-in-residence is New York Times best-selling author Nancy Holder.
Application Deadline: April 8, 2013
The application fee is $35. Tuition is $1920. All students are required to purchase a custom textbook with readings, which costs $100. If you would like to receive college credit, there is an additional processing fee of $550. There are also fees for food and housing.
WRITING, YOGA & ADVENTURE IN PARADISE
June 21 - July 5, 2013
We will stay in small, locally owned hotels—away from the tourist scene—so you can fully immerse yourself in this unique, evocative culture. In addition to daily writing and yoga classes, our excursions will include rice field hikes, treks in rain forests, snorkeling expeditions among tropical coral
ardens, walks through coffee and clove plantations, and lush waterfalls.
Each day, our tour guides will give us an insider’s view of Balinese dance, music, art and sacred ceremonies.
Although this is a retreat designed with writers in mind, this is not the kind of workshop where you hole up in a rustic cabin and write for 8-10 hours a day. Rather, this trip is designed for people who are looking for more than just a writing retreat.
Laura will give daily homework to sharpen your powers of observation and ability to write vivid description. In writing class, she will teach you to record your experiences and insights with clarity and depth, facilitating a richer travel experience.
Trip Cost and Fees: $4500 includes airfare from LA or San Francisco. (Early bird special of $4200 is available for those who register before December 1, 2012).
SUMMER WRITERS COLONY at The New School
New York, NY, USA
June 3 - 20, 2013
Workshops in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry
Students are offered the chance to embark on a new writing project or to devote a substantial amount of time to developing a work-in-progress. Writing workshop instructors guide discussion of student work and provide detailed
written feedback. Summer literary salons bring notable writers into conversation with the students and faculty of the colony. In supplemental sessions, students try everything from experimental fiction to children's writing to writing walking poems during a literary tour of New York City's Greenwich Village. The Summer Writers Colony community gathers for celebratory readings of student and faculty work.
Courses meet from 12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Mornings and weekends are reserved for regular writing practice. Undergraduate students can earn 6 credits. The Writers Colony is also open to noncredit students.
Faculty: Kathleen Ossip, Madge McKeithen, Sharon Mesmer
Visiting Writers: Jorie Graham, Chad Harbach, Ben Lerner, Brenda Shaughnessy, and John Jeremiah Sullivan
Credit tuition: $6,780 for 6 credits ($1,130 per credit). Academic records are maintained and transcripts are available.
Noncredit tuition: $4,340.
There is a nonrefundable registration fee of $80 for credit students and $7 for noncredit students.
TAOS SUMMER WRITERS' CONFERENCE
Taos, NM, USA
July 14 - 21, 2013
The Taos Conference offers numerous weeklong and weekend workshops in fiction, poetry, nonfiction and screenwriting.
Faculty include: Jonis Agee, Amy Beeder, Stephen Benz, Robert Boswell, Annie Dawid, John Dufresne, Trey Ellis, Joy Harjo, Pam Houston, Allison Hunter, Alexis Hurley, Frank Huyler, Wally Lamb, Priscilla Long, Valerie Martinez, Daniel Mueller, Antonya Nelson, Emily Rapp, Hilda Raz, Brent Spencer, Luci Tapahonso, Robert Wilder, Summer Wood.
The Taos Summer Writers' Conference provides a number of merit-based scholarships.
You may enroll in one weeklong workshop, one weeklong master class, one weekend workshop, a combination of one weeklong workshop or master class and one weekend workshop (discounted rate). Tuition varies with the type of registration you choose.
Online registration for the 2013 Conference will open December 3, 2012
PACIFIC NORTHWEST WRITERS ASSOCIATION SUMMER CONFERENCE
Seattle, WA, USA
July 25 - 28, 2013 PITCH to more agents and editors and increase your odds of getting a book deal.
POWER PITCH - a Power Pitch equals one 90-minute block.
Within each 90-minute block, attendees will have the opportunity to pitch to multiple agents and editors. Each pitch is 3 minutes.
The summer conference is an opportunity for you to meet other writers, attend classes focused on different aspects of the craft, and pitch your ideas to agents and editors if you're ready.
Sessions are led by industry experts and are crafted to address many different aspects of the publishing industry. From keeping track of your expenses to crafting the perfect pitch, sessions give you a chance to interact with experts
and ask questions in a friendly and open environment.
BREAD LOAF WRITERS' CONFERENCE
Middlebury, VT, USA
August 14 - 24, 2013
More than two hundred talented writers will come to the historic Bread Loaf Inn, along with our distinguished faculty, and many agents and editors from major publishing houses and literary firms.
Come prepared to join fully in the busy schedule and to enjoy the beauty of the wilderness setting. No one who has done so has failed to be inspired, encouraged, or changed by Bread Loaf.
You may apply to the Conference by submitting a sample of original work and an online application.
Acceptance is based on the strength and promise of the writing sample and the Admissions Board's judgment that the applicant will benefit from the Conference.
Applicants must be at least eighteen years of age.
There is no application fee.
The fee for general contributor applicants is $2,834 (tuition, $1,862; room and board, $972).
The fee for auditors is $2,714 (tuition, $1,742; room and board, $972).